Patton (1970)

In 1943 North Africa, George Patton (George C. Scott) assumes command of (and instills some much-needed discipline in) the American forces. Engaged in battle against Germany's Field Marshal Rommel (Karl Michael Vogler), Patton drives… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 2, 1970
DVD Release Date: November 2, 1999
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: George C. Scott's sympathetic, unflinching portrayal of the titular general in this sprawling epic is as definitive as any performance in the history of American biopics.

Wanda Hale
New York Daily News

I'd like to pin four stars on each shoulder of George C. Scott for his perspective characterization of the military genius, the controversial man.

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Variety Staff

War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

George C. Scott makes for such an unstoppably watchable Patton that... he makes every single onscreen moment feels like the most vital thing you have ever seen in a movie.

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TIME Magazine

The movie's vision blurs the man and, incidentally, the just war around him.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Nixon's favorite movie, which proves he was blind to ambiguity as well as a few other things.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Combining blimpish bluster with moments of monstrous ego and unexpected humanity, Scott makes this magnificent film unforgettable.

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Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

George C. Scott's performance cannot be praised highly enough for capturing both the violence and the vulnerability of the Patton personality without degenerating either into vulgar caricature or cardboard sentimentality.

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Phil Hardy
Time Out

The film lays bare the roots of Patton's lust for power in his willingess to sacrifice everything to his vaunting ego, a trait which is mirrored in George C Scott's superb performance.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Although I have sometimes complained about the length of movies, I wouldn't begrudge a single minute from Patton's nearly three hour running time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"Patton" is the largest, most focused, and clearly unapologetic biopic of a military man, ever. It just is, whether you want to argue the scale of the… More
Mike S
Grandiose war epic, centered around the life and achievements of famous American general George S. Patton. Some interesting trivia about the film, as told to us… More
Dan Schultz
An extraordinary depiction of General George Patton and his character, strategies, and flaws as a human being during the days of WWII. George C. Scott was born… More
Daniel Perry
Lots to like about the 1970 Best Picture winner, but not quite a perfect film. It's longer than it needs to be, and as it goes on, Scott gets stagier and… More
Kase Vollebregt
'Patton' is the successful film that it is because of George C. Scott's amazing performance as the violent and vulnerable general. The action… More
Alex roy
Right from the opening scene where George S. Patton delivers his iconic speech, you know that Patton will be a monumental film. Patton is one of the greatest… More